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Attend a Workshop on Challenges Faced by Interracial Families November 15th

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You Are Invited! Attend the 21st Adoption Picnic at Davis Farmland on September 18th

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Please Register by September 12, 2016
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Raquel Woodard Talks Adoption with The Business Beat

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In this episode of The Business BeatSteve Jones-D’Agostino interviews Raquel Woodard, coordinator of birth-parent and children services for Adoption Choices.
 
As international adoption has waned, Adoption Choices has expanded their domestic adoption services with an increased focus on helping adoptive parents in Massachusetts successfully navigate the adoption process.
 
Using a progressive and non-traditional approach, Adoption Choices offers ongoing education and post-adoption support so parents have the tools they need to successfully integrate new family members into the home and raise children that are well-adjusted and have positive feelings about joining their family through adoption.
 
Do you have questions about adoption?
 
 
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Parenting with Gratitude – Reflections from a Gay Dad

2014-image-dads-childrenGrateful, lucky, stronger, joyous…

Read this post from author Christopher Thangaraj as he reflects on the wondrous and rewarding journey of adopting and raising his two beautiful sons with his husband:

Your Kids Are So Lucky to Have Such Wonderful Parents!
by Christopher Thangaraj

For more than thirty years, Adoption Choices has been helping birth parents and adoptive families successfully manage the adoption process. With extensive experience in international and domestic adoption, as well as experience in special needs, interracial and LGBT adoption, we are your resource for expert adoption information.

Words of Wisdom – Meeting the Needs of an Adopted Child

Read this article from one mom who reflects on the joys and challenges of meeting the needs of her adopted daughter:



What I Know About Motherhood Now That I Am an Adoptive Mother
By Carrie Goldman

Want to Adopt a Baby, but Not Sure You Can Afford It?

Financial aid scholarships may be available to qualified adoptive parents, couples and families through the Fran Goss Adoption Fund. Thanks to the generosity of private donors, the Fund provides fee reduction assistance to families of modest means who would otherwise be unable to adopt.

For over thirty years, Adoption Choices has been helping birth and adoptive parents understand their options so they can make informed decisions that best meet their needs. Adoption Choices is a licensed, non-profit, non-sectarian program that provides a wide range of adoption services to individuals, couples and families throughout Massachusetts. We work with prospective adoptive parents from all backgrounds and have extensive experience in domestic and international adoption, as well as experience in interracial, LGBTQ and special needs adoptions.

Those interested in adopting and would like to apply for financial aid may start the process by contacting Adoption Choices and speaking with the program’s Coordinator, Dale Eldridge, LICSW, BCD. The initial consultation is free.
Applicants are assessed for adoptive suitability and fee reduction eligibility is determined using a sliding fee scale. Those
approved for financial aid may qualify for up to 90% of agency-related fees.

Contact Adoption Choices Today to Learn More.

 

Love and Offering Help

Vanessa McGrady’s posting, The Birth Parents Move in, in the New York Times Motherlode Blog, both broke my heart and cracked me up. As I sat at my computer (ok, maybe I was in the loo looking at my iphone, it was 2 weeks ago, I can’t remember) reading the posting, I recognized myself in her writing. I voiced an inner “oh god” reading the first paragraph where she loaded her child’s birth parents into her car to rescue them from homelessness, their rabbit cage and all. Oh god, that’s not a good idea, oh god, I could totally see myself doing that, oh god, my therapist would think all her work was for naught if I did that, oh god, my kids would be so excited if their birth families moved in, oh god, bunnies stink. Oh god, Ms. McGrady sure summed up the complexity of adoption in just a few short light-hearted paragraphs.

I can relate to Ms. McGrady’s desire to help her daughter’s birth parents, to swoop in and lift them up. I have felt this same tug when I hear of setbacks, or unexpected turns in the road, for my daughter’s birth family members. In the past I have helped on a few occasions, none that involved a bunny moving in, and sometimes it worked out well and other times; the assistance was awkwardly given and uncomfortably received. In our open adoptions, I often come up against the complexities of family, fairness, justice, opportunity, love, privilege, loss, power, judgment and suffering when I feel the urge to help, especially when it isn’t asked for. Our adoption constellation is complex and even a simple thing like lending a hand requires deep consideration and reflection. However, I have come to accept that the greatest help I can give my daughter’s birth parents is to love, care for, and raise my daughters well, to become kind, loving, healthy and happy women.

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